Looking for something to do now that those long winter nights are starting to crawl back in? Why not take a leaf out of Edel Maria’s book and do a bit of binge-watching…
I may not actually own a Netflix account but that doesn’t mean I haven’t sampled the joys of binge-watching hours upon hours upon hours of a show. October (the perfect binge-watching month) is upon us, so here are six of the very best shows to gorge yourself upon, at least until the glare of your laptop screen bests you that is:
1) Peaky Blinders:
It would be criminally lazy to describe the period saga as Britain’s Boardwalk Empire. Cillian Murphy stars as the ruthless and enigmatic Tommy Shelby, the head of a feared Birmingham crime family. In the wake of WWI, Shelby seeks to expand his criminal empire, whilst trying to outwit Inspector Campbell, an Ulster Unionist, who is tasked by Churchill with weeding out IRA activity and Communist revolutionaries in the city. The second season sees Tom Hardy join the cast as a London crime lord. Peaky Blinders also boasts a stellar soundtrack, featuring The White Stripes, Nick Cave, Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood to name but a few (just in case the riveting plot twists and brilliant cast don’t tempt you). Season 3 just started filming so it’s an excellent time to catch up on the show.
Bless the Netflix gods and goddesses for when they bestow a new show upon us they gift us the full 13 episode season all at once. Forget any of the lighthearted comic book adaptions of recent years, Daredevil is a dark and gloriously gritty addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Charlie Cox is Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer by day and a daring vigilante by night. Daredevil is the first in a series of shows that will lead up to a The Defenders crossover miniseries. Following on from Daredevil’s triumphant freshman season, Jessica Jones is set to be released on November 20th. Krysten Ritter (Veronica Mars, Breaking Bad) will play the titular crime fighter turned private eye.
3) Skins :
Forget the horrible American remake, E4’s hit show that chronicled the sordid lives of a mismatched crew of teenage tearaways in Bristol is the best. The show dealt with everything from mental illness to teen pregnancy and despite its occasionally outlandish plot, it proved to a realistic and heartbreaking portrayal of teenagerdom. Skins propelled numerous names into the limelight such as Joe Demise, Nicholas Hoult, Jack O’Connell and Hannah Murray. Now we may all be of college age but Skins is still a great watch. Plus with seven ‘generations’ or seasons it’s a very bingeable show.
4) Narcos :
Admit it: if you haven’t heard of the original Netflix series Narcos you’ve been living in exile or maybe just under a rock. The show chronicles the brutal and bloody war between the notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, his cartel, and the DEA agents that seek to crush his empire. If that’s not enough to tempt you, Game of Thrones alum Pedro Pascal co-stars as DEA agent Javier Peña.
Steven Moffat’s and Mark Gatiss’s re-imagining of the iconic detective in modern London makes for a highly enjoyable and witty show. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman shine as the legendary “consulting detective” and his sidekick Dr. John Watson. Irishman Andrew Scott chills as our titular detective’s nemesis. Cumberbatch brings the mercurial, eccentric and violin playing genius brilliantly to 21st century life, Meanwhile, the intricate crimes and Holmes’s lightning quick deductions will have you on the edge of your seat. With a mere nine episodes (thus far) it makes for a very manageable autumnal binge- watch.
6) Arrested Development :
The cult sitcom that was canceled by Fox after a three season run, thankfully returned on Netflix in 2013 for a fourth outing. Arrested Development follows the Bluth family, a dysfunctional and extravagant family that is shaken when their patriarch is arrested for white-collar crime. Jason Bateman plays Michael Bluth, while Michael Cera is his son George Michael. One of the most original and staggeringly great comedies of recent years, we can rejoice as Netflix has announced a fifth season that is set to be released in 2016.